List of UEFA European Championship hat-tricks

This is a list of all hat-tricks scored during UEFA European Championships; that is, the occasions when a footballer has scored three or more goals in a single football European Championship match (not including qualification matches). Scoring a hat-trick in a European Championship is a relatively rare event: only eight hat-tricks have been scored in the 15 editions of the European Championships.[1][2] As UEFA is the governing body of European association football, official hat-tricks are only noted when UEFA recognises that at least three goals were scored by one player in one match.

Michel Platini of France is the only player to have scored two hat-tricks in the European Championship, having scored both at UEFA Euro 1984, when his team went on to win the tournament.

The tournament was first held in 1960, but there were no hat-tricks in any of the first four editions. In the semi-finals of the 1976 competition, Dieter Müller scored the first hat-trick in his first international game, as West Germany came from behind to defeat Yugoslavia 4–2 after extra time.[1] Four years later, his compatriot Klaus Allofs scored the second hat-trick, in a 3–2 group stage win over the Netherlands. The first tournament to see more than one hat-trick was in 1984, both by France captain Michel Platini, who is the only player to score more than one European Championship hat-trick; his first against Yugoslavia is the quickest hat-trick in the history of the competition, with all three goals coming in the space of 18 minutes.[1] After Marco van Basten's three goals for the Netherlands in a 3–1 group stage win over England in 1988, there were no hat-tricks in 1992 or 1996.

At UEFA Euro 2000, there were a joint-record two hat-tricks: Sérgio Conceição scored all of the goals in Portugal's group stage victory over Germany, and Patrick Kluivert recorded three goals in the Netherlands' 6–1 win over Yugoslavia in the quarter-finals. In the last four European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), there has only been one hat-trick, when Spain's David Villa scored three times in a 4–1 win over Russia in the 2008 group stage.[1]

Every player who has scored a hat-trick in the European Championship has ended on the winning team in that match. On all but four occasions they have ended up winning the tournament. No player has scored in a European Championship final, nor has any recorded more than three goals in the same game.[2]

Hat-tricksEdit

UEFA European Championships hat-tricks
Sequence Player Time of goals For Result Against Tournament Round Date Ref.
1 Dieter Müller 82', 115', 119'   West Germany 4–2 (a.e.t.)   Yugoslavia 1976, Yugoslavia Semi-finals 17 June 1976 [3]
2 Klaus Allofs 20', 60', 65'   West Germany 3–2   Netherlands 1980, Italy Group stage 14 June 1980 [4]
3 Michel Platini 4', 74' (pen.), 89'   France 5–0   Belgium 1984, France Group stage 16 June 1984 [5]
4 Michel Platini (II) 59', 62', 77'   France 3–2   Yugoslavia 1984, France Group stage 19 June 1984 [6]
5 Marco van Basten 44', 71', 75'   Netherlands 3–1   England 1988, West Germany Group stage 15 June 1988 [7]
6 Sérgio Conceição 35', 54', 71'   Portugal 3–0   Germany 2000, Belgium/Netherlands Group stage 20 June 2000 [8]
7 Patrick Kluivert 24', 38', 54'   Netherlands 6–1   Yugoslavia 2000, Belgium/Netherlands Quarter-finals 25 June 2000 [9]
8 David Villa 20', 44', 75'   Spain 4–1   Russia 2008, Austria/Switzerland Group stage 10 June 2008 [10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "EURO hat-trick heroes in an elite band". UEFA. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "All the EURO finals hat-tricks: David Villa, Marco van Basten and more". UEFA. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  3. ^ "UEFA Euro 1976 – History – Yugoslavia–West Germany". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 1976. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  4. ^ "UEFA Euro 1980 – History – West Germany–Netherlands". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 1980. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  5. ^ "UEFA Euro 1984 – History – France–Belgium". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 1984. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  6. ^ "UEFA Euro 1984 – History – France–Yugoslavia". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 19 June 1984. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  7. ^ "UEFA Euro 1988 – History – England–Netherlands". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 1988. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  8. ^ "UEFA Euro 2000 – History – Portugal–Germany". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 June 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  9. ^ "UEFA Euro 2000 – History – Netherlands–Serbia". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  10. ^ "UEFA Euro 2008 – History – Spain–Russia". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2021.